price seems to be the number 1 priority for most of the HC LiPo flock
That doesn't even make sense to me. Headway p 8 ah cells are PRICED the exact same as hk lipo. And you only need a charger, and an inexpensive bms (compared to dedicated LVC and RC chargers). These are 10c cells, so at a minimum you're looking at a 80amps continuous. What ebiker needs more than that? If you do, your gonna need enough AH for range. That means a bigger pack which means 160amps continuous.
Plus lipo life cycle is 300-500, compared to lifepo4 @ 1000-2000. That right there should tell most commuters that lipo is gonna end up costing them 4 times as much in the end.
And that's not even counting the batteries you'll ruin with what ever handy made BMS you rig up.
Then again most of the LIPO guys, they take pleasure in handy rigging BMS and playing with batteries. Playing with different voltages does sound very appealing and I definitely share their enthusiasm for how powerful the stuff can be, but unfortunately not a similar bank statement.